Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
The mega-talented Sarah Jarosz seemed a bit surprised to discover that at the same time she was performing in The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, a Led Zeppelin tribute band was cranking it out in The Egg’s Hart Theatre. “I’m sure they’re rockin’ out over there,” she told her nearly sold-out crowd, “but we’re rockin’ out in our own way.”
Fortunately, there was no sonic bleed from somebody pretending to be Jimmy Page as he scraped his violin bow across his guitar strings, and Jarosz’s little trio did indeed deliver a simply mesmerizing performance.
Still a couple of months shy of her 21st birthday, Jarosz – on spring break from her studies at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music – was brimming over with talent and a natural charisma, as she fused together elements of bluegrass, folk and country music while switching between guitar, mandolin, banjo and octave mandolin.
And, oh yeah – she sang like an angel, too.